The Community Safety Partnership

Safer Watford, the town's Community Safety Partnership, brings together Watford Borough Council, Herts Constabulary, Herts Fire & Rescue, Herts County Council and other key local organisations.

The partnership works together to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour. We achieve this by protecting the vulnerable, diverting people away from crime and keeping you informed.

Community Safety Plan 2021-2024

Each year the Community Safety Partnership, also known as Safer Watford, is provided with a strategic assessment from the County Analysts, to review performance and reconsider its priorities and targets.

The strategic assessment is a partnership document that takes account of the priorities of partners, views of the community, current trends, and volumes of crime, categories and future projections.

Read the Community Safety Plan

Aim and purpose of this plan

The Community Safety Plan briefly outlines the aims of the Community Safety Partnership at a strategic level.

It identifies how the priorities set from the strategic assessment will be worked towards over a three year period but refreshed each year and amended if necessary.

The three priorities in the plan are:

1. Managing crime

Within in this theme of general crime management is the priority to tackle offences linked to Violent Youth Crime with its links to county lines (drug dealers from out of area who set up a local distribution network using youths to sell and store drugs for them) and with this crime comes  the exploitation of children and  violence used by county lines operators to protect their illegal activities .

Violence against women and girls: The partnership will promote and support projects to increase feelings of safety for women and girls in public spaces across the town.

2. Protecting our communities

The key issues are focusing on victims and vulnerability, safeguarding and listing to our communities as to where they wish to see policing and community safety resource put to work to combat specific localised concerns. Known as the local policing priorities each of the three police areas for Watford sets it objectives annually, based on the community feedback from individuals local councillors and community groups reporting into online neighbourhood watch system ‘Echo’

3. Reassure and Inform

2021 sees the launch of the ‘Prevention first ‘ policing model .Watford Borough Council and police communications teams will developed a communications strategy for community safety to look at ensuring that  this model of policing is rolled out and reflected in the way we do business in dealing with crime and anti social behaviour by utilising partners’ resources.

The communications strategy will develop targeted campaigns, use case studies to illustrate successes and be more interactive, ensuring that messages are targeted and relevant throughout the 12 month period.

Governance

This plan will be governed by Safer Watford.

There are a number of groups who will take in to account the priorities of this plan. This will steer the strategic work of Safer Watford.

It will be most relevant to this level, informing the development of action plans and regular reporting to monitoring groups.

Monitoring and Evaluation

Success will be demonstrated by reductions in offences in the key areas the strategic assessment outlined, the three key priorities are listed above.

The historically low number of crimes and ASB recorded in 2020 linked to the lock down and tier strategy implemented to deal with the Corona virus pandemic, means this data will need be set aside and the 2021 to 2022 crime analysis data will be used as the baseline for monitoring of the effectiveness of the community safety plan.

Resources

The work of Safer Watford is met within each agency's budget.

Lead Officer

Peter Taylor the elected Mayor of Watford is Chair of the Community Safety Partnership.

Responsible Authorities Group, which sets and monitors the priorities.

For further information please contact Watford's Community Safety Manager by using our online contact form or by telephone on 01923 278405.

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